Publisher’s Message: April 2022

Anastasia Barnes

Home ownership has become increasingly more difficult to attain for many Americans. Additionally, rent prices in parts of the country (including Boston) have increased substantially in mere months. I’m proud that this issue features unique and innovative multi-residential and senior/assisted living developments that are providing much-needed affordable housing to neighborhoods throughout New England.

Clara Wineberg of Solomon Cordwell Buenz starts off our Multi-Residential section sharing her firm’s vision for an affordable housing development in Allston, Mass (pg. 13). She says the artist work-live units “seek to ensure affordability and longterm stability giving burgeoning creators a place to establish a community among other graphic artists, painters, jewelry makers and sculpturers.”

Our cover story highlights the redevelopment of the former St. Therese Parish in Everett, Mass. Bald Hill Builders and The Architectural Team have teamed up for the project, which will include 77 affordable rental homes for seniors and incorporate architectural elements of the historic church building (pg. 21).

One of the more notable reads in this issue reveals the top 10 trends in senior living, which include inclusive environments, customizable amenities, and access to food delivery options (pg. 20). It’s nice to see this shift in trends for senior communities and facilities. We’re all aging, and I can’t help but notice that our culture often puts more emphasis on catering to younger generations than it does on setting up our elders for their golden years.

Our annual MEP and Building Energy supplement is included in this issue. Big congrats to Andrew DeAngelo for being named the newest executive director of The Greater Boston Plumbing Contractors Association. In the supplement, you’ll also read about how E.M. Duggan organized a clothing drive for the people of Ukraine, including designing custom T-shirts that read “Glory to Ukraine.”

Lastly, I recently attended the 10 World Trade groundbreaking ceremony in Boston. The project, four years in the making, is a joint venture with Boston Global Investors, The Cogsville Group, Bastion Companies, and EDGE. Sasaki’s vision for this parcel is remarkable, and I can’t wait for the project to be completed in 2024!

Our next issue has a focus on landscape architecture and civil engineering, as well as technology and innovation. Calling all CRE tech companies, the May issue is for you.

Enjoy the read and this spring weather!

Anastasia Barnes

Read HP’s April issue and annual MEP Supplement now!